ZeniMax Media has announced that co-founder and CEO of the company Robert A. Altman has passed away. He was in his early 70s. Robert co-founded ZeniMax Media in 1999 with Christopher Weaver, founder of Bethesda Softworks. Robert married Lynda Carter, star of the Wonder Woman TV show, in 1984. The company released a brief statement about Robert’s passing, and also shared one the notes he would send out to the company.
We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO. He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being. During the pandemic, Robert would send out an email every week to keep in touch with everyone in the company. Everyone always looked forward to these and we thought we’d share one of his notes with you:
To The ZeniMax Family:
Last week I mentioned some small pleasures I had discovered as a byproduct of the lockdown. Some of you have since written to share your own experiences and describe other quiet ioys WFH brings: the growing numbers of song birds in our backyards, quieter streets, adventurous efforts baking bread and mixing cocktails, long walks, restaurant takeout, time to read. While we clearly miss treasured social interactions, something valuable has been gained too. We know many are feeling the pressure of isolation, and the stresses related to our current circumstances. Again, I urge you to make time for yourselves daily, schedule online social gatherings, and keep your perspective, knowing this will pass. Tomorrow I encourage everyone to take a break to toast our Company’s 21st birthday, and reflection the long journey we have taken together. You have done something extraordinary, something few startups ever do. You have created a multinational, multi-billion dollar business, stacked with talent at all levels of the company, carving out a leadership role, earning the admiration of our toughest competitors and devoted fans. And you have done it the right way, always faithful to our core principles of integrity, respect, team, quality. Don’t let the day pass without taking a moment to enjoy your remarkable creation.
Looking forward to being back together. As always, stay safe. We are proud to carry on the values and principles Robert taught us. We extend our deepest sympathies to Robert’s family, who are a part of our family and have always treated us as part of theirs. Thank you for everything you did for all of us, Robert.
Rest in Peace.